job-searching when you’re a single parent by Alison Green on February 1, 2013 Throwing this one to the readers to help with. A reader writes: I’m a single mom of a 2-year-old and am currently looking for a full-time job. Normally I pick him up at 3 pm from school/daycare, which, if I find a typical 8 am – 5 pm job, would make me unavailable during part of those hours. I can still work from home later in the day after he goes to bed (~ 8 pm) so I can still put in an eight-hour-day, but I wonder several things about this arrangement: Is this reasonable to ask from an employer who does not know me or my work ethic and who therefore does not, understandably, trust me? What are, if any, reasonable expectations to have for someone in my situation? How do most people deal with this type of situation, given that a lot of employees have young children and/or are single parents? And how do I bring this up tactfully and professionally, and when is the right time to bring it up? Is it appropriate to hint at it during the interview so that they know beforehand? Or after a job offer has been made? Readers, what advice do you have in this situation? You may also like:do I have to watch my boss’s grandkids?can I ask about flexible hours in a job interview?are my coworkers abusing their sick leave?